WE SHOULDN’T by Vi Keeland is LIVE!

We Shouldn’t, a stand-alone contemporary romance by #1 New York Times bestselling author Vi Keeland is LIVE!

 

Bennett Fox walked into my life on one hell of a crappy Monday morning.

I was late for the first day at my new job—a job I’d now have to compete for even though I’d already worked eight years to earn it, because of an unexpected merger.

While I lugged my belongings up to my new office, a meter maid wrote me a parking summons.

She’d ticketed a long line of cars—except for the Audi parked in front of me, which happened to be the same make and model as mine.

Annoyed, I decided to regift my ticket to the car that had evaded a fine. Chances were, the owner would pay it and be none the wiser.

Except, I accidentally broke the windshield wiper while slipping the ticket onto the car’s window.

Seriously, my day couldn’t get any worse.

Things started to perk up when I ran into a gorgeous man in the elevator. We had one of those brief moments that only happened in movies.

You know the deal…your body lights up, fireworks go off, and the air around you crackles with electricity.

His heated stare left me flush when I stepped off the elevator.

Maybe things here wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Or so I thought.

Until I walked into my new boss’s office and met my competition.

The gorgeous man from the elevator was now my nemesis. His heated stare wasn’t because of any mutual attraction. It was because he’d saw me vandalize his car. And now he couldn’t wait to annihilate his rival.

There’s a fine line between love and hate—and we shouldn’t cross it.

We shouldn’t—but straddling that line could be so much fun.

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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

When I pick up a book by Keeland, I know I am going to be thoroughly entertained and I can honestly say the selfsame thing happened to me while reading We Shouldn’t. Categorised under the contemporary romance genre, to begin with, I got the impression it was a laugh-out-loud romantic novel; how wrong I was. Keeland is well-known for her banter, her protagonists’ wicked sense of humour is for me, one of the main highlights in her books. Yet behind the sassy comebacks, there’s always an absorbingly solid storyline and characters you can’t help but connect to.

So why the title? Whether forming a friendship with your co-worker is considered correct or not is for you to find out; however, one thing is for sure…you shouldn’t take Bennett Fox at face value. He is how us Brits would say, ‘a dick’, but in the best sense of the word. But what I loved was peeling back his layers; how he ticked and discovering the secrets he had hidden under his gorgeous facade. Extremely talented in his forte, funnily enough, he doesn’t go out of his way to show this side of him blatantly when his future plans are on the line. So, who put him in a position that couldn’t have been more professionally awkward in the first place? Upper management and the unexpected appearance of a drop-dead-sexy adversary, that’s who! She’ll give him a run for his money, frustrate the pants of him (no pun intended), and even make him question his feelings towards someone who deserves just as much as he does.

Buckle up guys and gals. Annalise O’Neil is about to rock Bennett’s world! She’s burnt out as far as relationships go. Trust issues with the opposite sex abound with reason and the last thing she wants is to complicate matters in the office. Annalise is incredibly lovable. What caught my attention was her honestly, her openness. She’s not ashamed to spill the beans when prompted; nonetheless, nothing in this story is what it seems. Why? Because both she and Bennett’s ideas criss-cross constantly, making this read an unputdownable one. What you think is going to happen, how you want their story to pan out, is overflowing with self-doubts.

Taking the author’s excellent storytelling into account, this office romance which was for me low on angst, contrasts with abounding heart-melting scenes. And the subtle twist literally sold me. Narrated by Annalise and Bennett in past tense, their fears come to light at a steady pace, making this stand-alone a swoon-worthy must-read. Love a good chuckle and want all the feels? Then, We Shouldn’t is a delightful distraction not to be missed. Bravo Keeland!

SNEAK PEEK

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Figures.
It was the gorgeous guy I’d seen in the elevator. And here I thought we’d had a little spark.
Bennett Fox grinned like he’d already been named my boss and extended his hand. “Welcome to Foster Burnett.”
Ugh. He wasn’t just good looking; he knew it, too.
“That would be Foster, Burnett and Wren, as of a few weeks ago, right?” I iced my subtle reminder that this was now our place of employment with a smile, suddenly thankful my parents had made me wear braces until I was nearly sixteen.
“Of course.” My new nemesis smiled just as brightly. Apparently his parents had sprung for orthodontic care, too.
Bennett Fox was also tall. I once read an article that said the average height of a man in the US was five-foot-nine-and-a-half inches; less than fifteen percent of men stood taller than six feet. Yet the average height of more than sixty-eight percent of Fortune 500 CEOs was over six feet. Subconsciously, we related size to power in more ways than just brawn.
Andrew was six foot two. I’d guess this guy was about the same.
Bennett pulled out the guest chair next to him. “Please, have a seat.”
Tall and with gentlemanly manners. I disliked him already.
During the ensuing twenty-minute pep talk given by Jonas Stern—in which he attempted to convince us we weren’t vying for the same position, but instead forging the way as leaders of the now-largest ad agency in the United States—I stole glances at Bennett Fox.
Shoes: definitely expensive. Conservative, oxford in style, but with a modern edge of topstitching. Ferragamo would be my guess. Big feet, too.
Suit: dark navy, tailored to fit his tall, broad frame. The kind of understated luxury that said he had money, but didn’t need to flaunt it to impress you.
He had one long leg casually crossed over the other knee, as if we were discussing the weather rather than being told everything we’d worked twelve hours a day, six days a week for was suddenly at risk of being in vain.
At one point, Jonas had said something we both agreed with, and we looked at each other, nodding. Given the opportunity for a closer inspection, my eyes roamed his handsome face. Strong jaw, daringly straight, perfect nose—the type of bone structure passed down from generation to generation that was better and more useful than any monetary inheritance. But his eyes were the showstopper: a deep, penetrating green that popped from his smooth, tanned skin. Those were currently staring right at me.
I looked away, returning my attention to Jonas. “So what happens at the end of the ninety-day integration period? Will there be two Creative Directors of West Coast Marketing?”
Jonas looked back and forth between us and sighed. “No. But no one is going to lose his or her job. I was just about to tell Bennett the news. Rob Gatts announced he’ll be retiring in a few months. So there will be a position opening up for a creative director to replace him.”
I had no idea what that meant. But apparently Bennett did.
“So one of us gets shipped off to Dallas to replace Rob in the southwest region?” he asked.
Jonas’s face told me Bennett wouldn’t be happy about the prospect of heading to Texas. “Yes.”
All three of us let that sink in for a moment. The possibility of having to relocate to Texas shifted my mind back into gear, though.
“Who will make the decision?” I asked. “Because obviously you’ve been working with Bennett…”
Jonas shook his head and waved off what I was beginning to question. “Decisions like this—where two senior management positions are being merged into one office—the board will oversee and make the final determination of who gets first pick.”
Bennett was just as confused as me. “The board members don’t work with us on a daily basis.”
“No, they don’t. So they’ve come up with a method of making their decision.”
“Which is?”
“It’ll be based on three major client pitches. You’ll both come up with campaigns on your own and present them. The clients will pick which they like best.”
Bennett looked rattled for the first time. His perfect composure and self-assuredness took a hit as he leaned forward and raked long fingers through his hair.
“You’ve got to be kidding me. More than ten years, and my job here comes down to a few pitches? I’ve landed half-a-billion dollars of ad accounts for this company.”
“I’m sorry, Bennett. I really am. But one of the conditions of the Wren merger was that due consideration be given to the Wren employees in positions that might be eliminated because of duplicity. The deal almost didn’t go through because Mrs. Wren was so insistent that she not sell her husband’s company, only to have the new organization strip away all of Wren’s hard-working employees.”
That made me smile. Mr. Wren was taking care of his employees even after he was gone.
“I’m up for the challenge.” I looked at Bennett, who was clearly pissed off. “May the best woman win.”
He scowled. “You mean man.”
 

 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY TEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY TEN

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

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Today has been fascinating. I’ve been doing one of my favourite things – talking to other members of the Gift Box team about their lives, and about their writing and creating.

First I talked to Brazilian Author Paola Benalia, through our translator, Carol.

I learn that her first historical romance was set in London, and that although her family support her in her writing, they don’t read her books. She thinks if her husband read her books, he’d blush. Gotta say, that’s intriguing!

It’s frustrating that I won’t be able to read her books except through Google Translate.

Paola used to be a Psychologist although she’s a full time writer now. I imagine that’s a useful background for a writer.

Then I chatted with Cristina Melo, and she said that her husband not only reads her books but critiques the first draft and always encourages her to improve.

I’m intrigued to learn that she ran a pet shop for 15 years, and dumped her ex-boyfriend because he didn’t want dogs in the house. Smart lady!!

I think her husband shares her love of animals… I certainly hope so!

My interpreter, Carol Dias, is a 23 year old author who also works for Gift Box publishers. She also has an amazing voice and used to sing with her church. She can also dance samba but sadly failed to teach me the moves. She tried, I tried, but this body just won’t move like that. Oh well.

Interviewing Gergo Jonas was also incredibly fascinating. Originally from Hungary in Eastern Europe, he’s lived in the UK for 10 years.

When he first arrived, he didn’t speak much English so worked three jobs as a cleaner to pay the bills, and taught himself English along the way.

He’s a fitness trainer now, but admits to being a chubby child and had years of yo-yo dieting. The last few years has been a journey for him to a balanced lifestyle, his words.

My final interview of the day was with photographer Franggy Yanes.

He says he doesn’t consider himself a model, despite being on the cover of almost 70 books. It’s photography that is his passion. His eyes light up when he talks about ‘learning his craft’, or the photographers who’ve inspired him, particularly those who from the fifties and sixties who caught the emerging street style.

I’ve been trying to think of the words that sum up his style to me. I’d say his images are ‘the beautiful natural’ – capturing unexpected moments of beauty in what he sees around him.

He says Stu is someone who energises him with his positivity, which he needs, and we can all see that they have a true friendship that will stand the test of time.

I’ll publish all the interviews in full after I’m home.

It’s been an incredible adventure, which isn’t quite over, but I’m looking forward to being with my family again soon.

More News tomorrow from our #brazilliant adventures when we hit the road again with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends Forever  or in Portuguese at The Gift Box Blog and Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

 

#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY EIGHT OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY EIGHT

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

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Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

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The day started with a short session at the gym – very important with the amount of amazing food on offer. I’ve never seen so much bread, cakes, donuts and pancakes available for breakfast. But as I’m a coeliac, I have to watch. Probably just as well.

Stu is militant about healthy eating, as is Gergo. The difference is that Ger follows a plant-based eating plan and has for over a year now. Luckily the coffee shop here has soy milk because he does love his caffeine in the morning.

Today we travelled into Salvador. This city on the sea was founded by Portuguese sailors in 1549. It’s one of the oldest colonial cities in South America. It was the capital of Brazil for over two centuries. It’s home to 3 million people and our guide said there were 365 churches – one for every day of the year 😊

Fran loved photographing the picturesque cobbled streets of the Pelourinho district, famous for its African culture, music and food.

Stu tried the acarajé, a sort of seafood samosa. I had fresh coconut water, straight from a green coconut. Delicious on a boiling hot and humid day.

I left the group briefly to call my husband but was told to stay close. Being blonde and a tourist makes me a target. Hmm.

I made a pilgrimage to the home of romance author Jorge Amado with Carol Dias and Martinha Fagundes.

Amado is best known for his novel ‘Flor and Her Two Husbands’. He died in 2001.

Then it was time to lounge by the pool with Author Andy Collins (pronounced ‘Angie’) and Stu.

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY SEVEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY SEVEN

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

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Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

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Today was the day of photoshoots – yep, that’s what counts for work around here. I got to see Fran in action shooting both Gergo and Stu.


It’s fascinating to see Fran so intense and focused when usually he’s laid back and joking around. Also there was quite a difference between the way he works with both guys.

Stu is a very experienced model, but this is only the second time that Gergo has done a model photoshoot. As a fitness trainer, he’s used to having his photograph taken to illustrate the correct way to use the gym’s equipment. He summed it up by saying, “I only know how to be myself.”

But Fran has a way of easing people into being natural, which isn’t as simple as it sounds. If, like me, you don’t like having your picture taken, as soon as someone point a camera at me, the urge to do something funny to compensate is keen.

Stu, on the other hand, can get into character really quickly. That comes from experience and isn’t something he has always known how to do. 

Both guys are body-confident, but that’s different from performing for the camera. I asked Gergo how he felt about doing the shoot, but his answer was ‘fine’ for most of it. He said trying to do a sexy shot lying on a sofá with his shirt off felt unnatural, but otherwise, ‘fine’.

The third photoshoot of the day was for my military charity www.felixund.org.uk They’re promoting a new running t-shirt so sent me out with shirts for the guys and Martinha.

And just to prove that this is a working trip, this was all the authors working hard this afternoon. It looks like a staged shot, but it’s not.

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY SIX OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY SIX

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Stu Reardon  and Franggy Yanes

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My roomie Martinha and I make it to the gym aaaages before the guys. Well, maybe Gergo was there at 6 a.m, but Stu and Fran didn’t arrive until we’d finished our workout. Slackers!

Then we had a meeting where we actually talked about writing, but then it was time to play.

We headed out to the resort town of Buzios and I felt right at home with the sand under my feet and the beachlife on every cobbled street around the harbour.

It’s known as the Brazilian St. Tropez and for good reason. Brigitte Bardot stayed here in the 1960s and fell in love with chilled lifestyle and friendly people. There’s even a statue to her, unexpected and beautiful. Yeah, I had to do the tourist thing LOL!

Fran and Stu were in photographer heaven with so much rich life to take in – football on the beach, volleyball, fishermen as well as all the touristy things to do.

We’re only an hour from Rio, but it already feel completely different.

There’s also a charming bronze statute to Brazil’s best loved president Juscelino Kubitschek. He was President from 1956 to 1961 and founded a new capital city, Brasilia, right in the centre of the country. His presidency also brought a time of economic success and his personal wealth also increased considerably. He died in a car crash that was thought to be suspicious, but here he’s remembered for his playfulness and his habit of taking off his shoes during meetings.

Stu and I did an impromptu photoshoot to publicise my favourite charity www.felixfund.org.uk the UK bomb disposal charity.

Tomorrow we’ll do a photoshoot for real with Stu and Gergo both wearing Felix Fund t-shirts, alongside Brazilian author MS Fayes. Another Brazilian writer is Andy Collins, and she’s chosen Gergo to be her cover model for her next book. Later on this week, I’ll share some behind the scenes shots from that, too.

I think I’m beginning to understand the Brazilian attitude to food. It’s not about fuel, but more a social occasion where dishes are often shared and it’s a time to chat and relax, not just eat. Just because it looks good, it doesn’t mean I have to order it…

And on that note, I think it’s time for dinner

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY FIVE OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY FIVE

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon  and Franggy Yanes

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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After meeting a few of our reader friends last night in São Paulo, we had another early start to get to the airport for a flight back to Rio.

You can see the guys were taking it easy in massage chairs, and I couldn’t help thinking of Joey and Chandler in friends with their Lazyboy chairs. ‘How YOU doin’?’

Stu and I snuck into Saraiva bookshop at the airport and signed the copies they had of UNDEFEATED \IMBATIVEL. The woman working there was so excited to have her picture taken with us (which means Stu). He made her day 😊

Waiting around at airports is never fun, but I took the opportunity to talk more to Gergo. Not only is he a fitness trainer in Brighton, UK, but he’s just started his own fitness clothing company, ‘Aesthetic Culture’ where the material is ethically sourced from bamboo. Yep, bamboo. I didn’t know that was possible, but it looks great.

One day, he’d like to be able to organize retreats for people where they can workout, learn more about healthy eating, and generally unplug from life for a while. It would be great if he can make that happen.

We land in Rio and finally, FINALLY, I’m reunited with my suitcase. Soooo happy. 

The weather in Rio is hot again, at about 26oC or 75oF, so it’s time to break out the shorts and flipflops again. My husband tells me that back home it’s cold and raining. Perhaps I should feel guilty… I feel guilty for leaving my little dog behind because how do you explain how long you’ll be gone? “Ten big darks and I’ll be home.”

My Brazilian writer friend Martinha (MS Fayes) has been teaching me a little more about the culture and some useul phrases too.

A cute guy is ‘gato’ but a hot guy is ‘gastudo’. I guess that could come in handy. Here she is making Stu laugh.

Stu and Gergo have already found the gym and are trying to persuade us to join them at 6am before breakfast. Nice try, guys!!

The food situation is reaching critical level – I should have brought clothes in a bigger size. Why does everything have to look and taste so good?

Monday we travel to the Brazilian ‘St Tropez’ where the guys will do one of their photoshoots. I’m expecting thongs on the beach. Not me, hell no! But perky arses are sure to be on display.

After talking to Gergo, I think it would be interesting to do interviews with the guys and the authors I’m traveling with, so look out for that later.

Ciao Ciao (tchau tchau) as they say here.

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REVIEW ~ THE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan

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New Orleans, a city of mystery and magic, of secrets and dreams, and a history drenched in both love and the deepest of heartache.

When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls, but to Clara’s great surprise, it is not a ghost she hears through the stone wall surrounding the property, but a flesh and blood man. A scarred stranger with a pain deeper and darker than the churning waters of the Mississippi river that flows beside his self-imposed prison.

The ruined man behind the wall hides himself from the world. The last thing he expects is to find a friend in the selfless girl who speaks to him through the cracks in the rock. The girl who keeps returning week after week. The girl who makes him wish for things he has long since given up on. The girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart. But there can be no future for them, no life beyond Windisle, for no one knows better than him that monsters only live in the dark.

The Wish Collector is the story of shame and triumph, of loneliness and love, and the miracle of two hearts connecting despite the strongest of barriers between them.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

It’s been quite a while since a book has inspired me to read from beginning to end without putting it down when the genre isn’t exactly my choice reading material! That being said, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting myself in for since I hadn’t read the synopsis. The mere fact that it was written by an author who had previously written an unforgettable book engraved on my heart was enough for me to one-click. So, did her writing exceed my expectations? Yes! Sheridan’s unpredictable tale in present and past melds two stories together with the precision of reality, entwining unimaginable past happenings. Always intriguing, the mysteries of a convoluted logic took this reader on a journey of wishes, making me try and guess the outcome.

A broken soul. The owner of wishes. A mysterious wall, bleeding tears of despair. Light is shone on a lass whose curiosity to know the whys and wherefores of a fascinating story she’d inadvertently stumbled on, brimming with unanswered questions, the unknown. She becomes a lonely man’s shadow of hope confined in his solitary world behind mortar and stone. He hadn’t had the courage to venture further afield in many years for reasons you will discover. Right guys, this isn’t an easy read. It’s not all rose petals and strawberries, but it will keep you stuck to the pages. The emotional stress broke my heart too many times to count. Then my heart skipped with joy when beautiful scenes gained not only a semblance of relief, but also left me in awe for such compounding compassion.

New Orleans’ historical richness, its architecture and a stifling humidity caused by the river are incredibly well-described. The climate was most certainly different to what ballerina, Clara Campbell had ever experienced. Never once did she complain because it wasn’t in her nature. I couldn’t help but like her. Clara’s gratefulness for everything small, big and in between sizzles off the pages. If anyone in Jonah Chamberlain’s existence could lessen his grief, it was she. Oh my, to say I felt sorry for him would be an understatement. I desperately wanted a know why there were so many dark areas in his story. Only one person could unlock two parallel stories’ truth. Who?

Jonah. Goodness me. Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if you have to gravel for that connective tissue we all look for in our heroes. He is a sorrowful fellow buried deeply in his woes although his acceptance of bad luck or call it what you will, made me respect him. I found fault in him as did Clara but as they say, love moves mountains…it gives fuel for change and can lift even the most desperate to unimaginable levels!

I am going to keep this review short. Firstly, I have no wish to spoil this magnificent story for you and secondly, you have to see for yourselves if hope, self-forgiveness and love rules. Sheridan’s storytelling technique is beyond exquisite. Her secondary characters’ abounding sense of goodness and encouragement left me smiling. Only one more thing to say. Sheridan, bravo!

MEET MIA

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.
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